Environmental Test (DTE/PR) Conference Sessions



Conference sessions are comprised of technical papers, panels, and case studies on the latest issues that the industry is experiencing. Get the most up-to-date information from leading industry experts in your fields.

Sessions are subject to change and will be updated as presentations are finalized and added to the program line-up.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Shock and Vibration Testing
Chair: Ben Shank, Thermotron
Shock and vibration testing are vital to the success of programs in a wide variety of fields, but the required equipment, instrumentation, possible problems and even the goals of testing can be program-specific. This session will focus on developments in shock and vibration testing not covered by other sessions. Talks may discuss a common testing issue or provide insights gleaned from a particular situation/program.

  • Designing Electronic Card Package Against Shipping Shock -- Budy Notohardjono, IBM Corporation
  • Predicting Shaker Displacement During Random Vibration -- Ben Shank, Thermotron Industries
  • Comparison of Controllers for Electrodynamic 1D Shakers -- Dr. Christian Dindorf, Robert Bosch Gmb

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Developing Test Specifications from Measured Field Data
Chair: David Smallwood, Consultant
Timely development requires reproducible laboratory tests which will serve as the basis for acceptance and predict survivability in the final use environment. This session covers the process and pitfalls of creating meaningful specifications, from proper interpretation of real-world measurements to the technical compromises needed to create achievable laboratory tests.

  • Vibration Enveloping Strategy for Commercial Aviation Electronics Package -- Gus Cutting
  • Frequency Averaging Revisited -- Neil Loychik, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Automotive Customer Usage Data-Planning, Collection, Analysis, and Utilization -- Dustin Aldridge, Raytheon

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Unique Testing Applications and Methods
All test protocols assume something about the configuration and environment of the parts being tested. Detailed testing methods have been explored and documented for common applications. This session covers projects which, for one reason or another, do not fit these “standardized” methods. Talks may discuss a novel application not adequately reproduced by conventional test methods or situations where conventional testing is difficult and alternatives must be sought.

  • A Primer on Fatigue Damage Spectrum for Accelerated and Reliability Testing -- Kevin Van Popering, Vibration Research Corporation
  • Flammable Materials in Environmental Test Chambers -- Ben Shank, Thermotron Industries
  • Large Vibration Fixtures -- David Sgro, FLIR Systems, Inc.

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

MIMO Vibration Testing
Chair: Russ Ayres, Spectral Dynamics
This session will present papers which add to our store of knowledge and experience in this growing testing technique. Authors are encouraged to share their developments and unique testing experiences in this important arena.

  • Towards User-Friendly Multi-Axis Random Vibration Control Tests: Automatic Definition of the MIMO Random Reference Matrix  -- Mariano Alvarez Blanco, Siemens (presenter); Umberto Musella, Siemens (Author)
  • Applications of MIMO Digital Control Techniques to High Level Acoustic Testing -- Dr. Marcos Underwood
  • Pre-test Analysis for Design of MIMO Control Strategies on DFAX -- Mariano Alvarez Blanco, Siemens

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Comprehensive Product Reliability Assurance
Chair: Dustin Aldridge, Raytheon
Co-chair: Larry Crow, Crow Reliability Resources
This panel discussion deals with the actual environments expected by hardware during its useful life and methodologies to translate the environments into testable requirements. LCEP is useful for both reliability and qualification requirement definition and to address the true risks of environmental loading on product life.

  • Proposed Methods for Calculating ESS Vibration Precipitation Efficiency -- Dustin Aldridge, Raytheon
  • Avoiding System of Systems Reliability Pitfalls -- Lisa Bates, Raytheon
  • Consumer Premises Equipment Assurance using Rapid Data Discovery -- Paul Franklin, Genpact
  • Linking Design Reviews with FMEA to Quickly Mitigate the Risk of Change Design Review Based on Failure Modes – DRBFM -- Bill Haughey, Reliatrain

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Linking Design Reviews with FMEA to Quickly Mitigate the Risk of Change Design Review Based on Failure Modes – DRBFM Deep Dive Session
Presenter: Bill Haughey, Reliatrain
Companies no longer have the time or budget to squander valuable resources with any tool that is not fully effective. What are the enhancements of DRBFM to FMEA? How does DRBFM fit into the Toyota product development process? What are the keys to successful implementation of DRBFM?

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Sensors, Data Acquisition, and Analysis

Chair: Milt Bos, Thermotron Industries
Testing and evaluation hinges on knowing what happened. This session covers the hardware and software needed to convert a physical response (temperature, acceleration, etc.) into a recording from which the response can be understood.

  • Discrete Component Estimation Assessment with Empirical Error Estimates -- Ron Merritt, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Consultant
  • Fiber Optic Ultra High Temperature Accelerometer (1000°C) -- Nicholas Burgwin, Fibos Inc.
  • Pitfalls and Caveats of Accelerometers -- Milt Bos, Thermotron Industries

Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Boundary Conditions in Environmental Testing Round Robin

Chair: David Soine, Honeywell
Panel experts include: Richard Jones, Honeywell; David Soine, Honeywell; and Troy Skousen, Sandia National Laboratory

The current practices for component-level shock & vibration testing may result in over- or under-stressing the component as compared to the stress experienced in the next level assembly. While the success of the component test is dependent on several factors, a significant contributor is the boundary condition in the component test. Common test practices cause the component to have notably different dynamic boundary conditions between the component test and system configuration. This may be causing false failures in the component tests that are not indicative of the true system environments and/or leading us to miss failures in the component tests that would have occurred in the system.

A test bed, the Box Assembly with Removable Component (BARC), has been designed for interested parties to study this problem in a common framework. This round robin will include an overview of the hardware and problem statement followed by a discussion among current and prospective participants regarding approaches for improving the issues associated with differing boundary conditions. Current efforts are primarily focused on improved test specifications and fixture design optimization. Please join us!

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Panel Session: “Qualification By Analysis / Similarity
Chair: Julie Jennings, Lockheed Martin
This panel discussion will address all aspects concerning Qualification by Analysis (QBA) / Qualification by Similarity (QBS) as to when it's appropriate to leverage, cost considerations, and risks associated with this method. The team will provide feedback from lessons learned and how to properly generate these technical documents in lieu of actual testing.

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Chair: Harry Schwab, Consultant

  • A Quick Introduction to HALT/HASS -- Harry Schwab, Consultant
  • Automotive Customer Usage Data-Planning, Collection, Analysis, and Utilization -- Dustin Aldridge, Raytheon

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